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#2081 of 2416 2002 trans issue
Dec 07, 2011 (7:31 pm)
For a year and a half our van has had problems going from 2nd into 3rd...we recently have to shift it into second and then after we get past 30 mph we switch it back into 3rd and then drive. This has carried us through...for how long I don't know. We have 187,000 miles on this van. I just got an estimate from a local Honda dealer $4250.00. We wanted to sell it next year, but nobody will buy it like it is now.
Has anyone else had this problem? I had the transmission flushed about a year and a half ago. I just had the trans fluid checked and it was fine.
Thanks for any input...it sounds like Odyssey's are an issue, but I am wondering if it is van's in general. I have had friend's who have had American made van's and they have gone out. We use Ford van's at the Transit Company where I work...3 went out this year. They sure are cheaper than the Honda replacement trans.
#2082 of 2416 Re: 2002 trans issue [hilapat12]
Dec 07, 2011 (7:48 pm)
at some point, parts (even major ones like a tranny) wear out. 187K is starting to get up there, so hard to argue you did not get your money's worth out of it.
and a new trans is quite possibly going to cost more than you would get for the van after that.
#2083 of 2416 Re: 2002 trans issue [stickguy]
Dec 08, 2011 (3:21 am)
I know the few horror stories I read last night are disturbing...The Accords can go forever...I guess I thought the vans would also!
So...You don't think that it is worth putting a new transmission in? We decided that we will keep the van longer if we put the new trans. in.
Thanks for your feedback...
#2084 of 2416 Re: 2002 trans issue [hilapat12]
Dec 08, 2011 (4:49 am)
My question to you at 187k - what else will need replacing besides the transmission? Wheel bearings, cv joints, does it burn any oil? etc.
If you decide on replacing the transmission don't go back to Honda for the work. They will replace the transmission with the original defective design.
Look for a transmission shop that offers a good warranty. Jasper transmissions have a 3 year 100,000 mile warranty! I think Honda will give you 6 months maybe 1 year?
Also, look at the Odyssey vibration forum there's some links discussing why Honda transmissions fail.
#2085 of 2416 Re: 2002 trans issue [hilapat12]
Dec 08, 2011 (7:37 am)
I ran into the same situation last month except our 2002 Odyssey had only 100700 miles on it. To replace the transmission ran $4600 with tax, and if we didn't replace it the car would not be worth much, so we replaced it with the idea that we had a 36 month warranty if we kept it. However reading all about the motor mounds etc. etc. I got a good trade in on a Sienna, however at the mileage you have I'm not sure I would invest $4,000 more.
#2086 of 2416 Drive light flashing
Dec 08, 2011 (8:35 am)
For the last few months my D light has been flashing intermitinly. Yesterday it did it even when the van was in park so I called my dealer. They wanted it there immiedately. I waited for service keeping the van running so a code would not get re-set and lose the flashing D. Unless the D is flashing they cannot tell what senor it is. Apparently it could be one of three senors on the side of the transmission. They found it was the Third Pressure Switch and it got replaced for a cost of $227.90 tax (13%HST) included.
#2087 of 2416 Re: 2002 trans issue [hilapat12]
Dec 08, 2011 (11:52 am)
worth it? Depends on the overall condition of the van.
At minimum, before I decided, I would fine a good indy mechanic (preferably one that really knows Hondas and has experience with the Odyssey) and have it gone over with a fine tooth comb. Engine compression, suspension, motor mounts, everything. Get a quote for bringing it fully "up to snuff".
then, add that to the cost of the trans and decide if you want to invest that much with the intent of keeping it a couple more years.
If it really needs a couple K more in repairs beyond the trans, might be better off dumping it as is.
#2088 of 2416 Re: Drive light flashing [autowrite]
Dec 09, 2011 (3:28 am)
Mine does that occasionally also...In addition to having the trouble between 2nd and 3rd gears. To try and catch it and drive to a service place is hard!
Is there repercussions for not getting it fixed? What does it control in the transmission?
#2089 of 2416 2002 replacement trans
Dec 09, 2011 (3:32 am)
I talked with the transmission service place that we use for our vans at work...He said he has had problems with Jasper honoring their warranty. They were giving people the runaround, and he doesn't recommend that.
He said the trans that he puts in will have a 2 yr 100,000 warranty, and the defect in the trans will be repaired unlike what they would do at a Honda dealer. He said his customers haven't had problems with their trans after they install it...It is 2,800.00, and they do 200 a year...more than the Honda dealer close to them.